Centres of Excellence work to transform professional learning across Ontario’s early years sector.

These centres connect with licensed child care providers (serving children 0-12), licensed home child care agencies and providers, EarlyON Child and Family Centre providers, authorized recreation providers, and special needs resourcing agencies in each Ministry of Education region. They also conduct engagement with the early years and child care sector, including local service managers, school boards, First Nations, professional learning organizations and the College of Early Childhood Educators.

Working with a range of partners, the Centres honour the complexity of culture, history, language and geography in the province.

Transforming professional learning in Ontario’s early years sector

Centres of Excellence are supported and coordinated by a Secretariat. As a collective voice, or network of networks, the Secretariat functions as a forum for the Centres of Excellence to formulate and enact inclusive goals for the professional learning of educators in Ontario who work with or on behalf of young children.

Bringing the three Centres together, the Secretariat has its own organizational governance with a steering committee. In addition, an advisory committee, coordinated by the Ministry of Education and Secretariat, provides advice that supports the articulated mission, vision, values, principles and initiatives of the Secretariat.


The Secretariat and Centres of Excellence for Early Years and Child Care are funded through the Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Agreement, an agreement between the governments of Canada and Ontario that is part of The National Early Learning and Child Care Multilateral Framework.

This website has been created and is solely managed by the Secretariat and Centres of Excellence.